As the make-up of the conventional office phases out to cater to new working practices, Tom Dixon’s inaugural workplace collection aims to point the way forward with functional, versatile and considerate details.
14 October, 2016
“A more domestic, more human aesthetic is fast becoming the required backdrop for the newly blurred distinctions between work, home, and entertainment spaces,” says Tom Dixon of the new generation workplace. With that in mind, the British designer will launch his first office collection at Orgatec 2016. Here’s a preview of the highly anticipated pieces.
The BOOM task light is derived from old draughtsman’s and machinist’s working lamps, reduced to a sculptural composition of cylinders and tubes to suit modern aesthetics. The desk lamp calls to mind Tom Dixon’s knack for strong statement pieces that pay homage to great British industrial engineering. With a minimalist form, the understated, practical and flexible piece will sit well within most environments.
SLAB Desk System and School Desk
On the furniture front, Tom Dixon will introduce the new SLAB desk system – an alternative to clinical office tables in the market. With a natural palette, strong materiality, softly rounded edges and bold cable management spots, the SLAB desk is especially ideal for hot-desking and trending co-working spaces.
A smaller, SLAB school desk is also available for individual usage. It is so versatile that it can be used in the home office, hotel room or as a dresser. Composed of solid oak, rounded edges, and understated proportions, the contemporary study draws from archetypical Victorian school desk – except that the slot for an inkwell has been transformed into a cable management space. A subtle groove has been incorporated to hold stationery and accessories.
Tops & Bases
For greater flexibility, a series of tabletops and bases can be mixed and matched to create 90 different combinations – derived out of seven bases and 18 tops in varying shapes, sizes, and finishes, including fumed wood and green marble. The unique tops and bases can be combined to suit various settings, such as offices, cafés, restaurants or the home.
“Our adventures in designing hotels, restaurants, clubs and homes have shown us that there is a need for versatile, hardwearing and functional objects for work, that are attractive enough to be used in domestic and decorative situations,” Dixon concludes.
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